Jen Calleja

Jen Calleja (born December 1986) is a British writer and literary translator.

British translator
Jen Calleja
Born December 1986 (age 34)
Nationality British
  • Writer
  • literary translator

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Calleja studied Media and Modern Literature at Goldsmiths (2006–09) followed by an MA in German Studies at UCL (2010–12), where she wrote her Masters dissertation on the poet-translator Michael Hofmann and the artist Gerhard Richter.[1] Since 2012, she has been a freelance literary translator from German, and a published writer and poet.

In 2012 she founded the Anglo-German arts journal Verfreundungseffekt,[2] and some years later became the acting editor of the journal New Books in German.

Her first collection as a poet, Serious Justice, published by Test Centre was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2015[3] and for the London Review of Books Bookshop Best Debut Selection 2016.[4]

In 2017 Calleja was chosen as the inaugural Translator in Residence at the British Library.[5] during which she aimed to explore “the range of theoretical, educational and practical facets of translation and their role in society and culture”.[5]

“The Pine Islands”, Calleja’s translation of Die Kieferninseln by Marion Poschmann, was shortlisted for the 2019 International Booker Prize.[6] She has translated fiction and non-fiction for Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber, Fitzcarraldo Editions and Peirene Press and has written a column on literary translation for The Quietus.[7] Her translations have been featured in The New Yorker and Literary Hub.

Her first collection of short stories, I’m Afraid that’s All We’ve Got Time For, was published in 2020

In an earlier life, Calleja played drums for Sauna Youth.[8]

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